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EC$79.8 million allocated for ongoing roads, bridges and maintenance/rehabilitation projects

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Infrastructure, Ports, and Energy is committed to improving the island’s infrastructure during the 2019/2020 financial year. This year some EC$79.8 million has been allocated for ongoing roads, bridges and maintenance/rehabilitation projects. Of the $79.8 million, $11.4 million will go toward the rehabilitation of roads. Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, and Energy, Hon. Stephenson King elaborated ...

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National Arts Festival-ARTreach 2019 and inaugural Francis ‘Leebo’ De Lima Awards launched

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Thursday, April 11, at a fitting and well organized ceremony in the exquisitely-decorated ambiance of the CDF conference room, the Cultural Development Foundation launched the National Arts Festival — ARTREACH programme for 2019. Senior Officer of Events and Production, Tyrone Harris, in his salutation address, stressed that “Artreach endeavours to collect data, assess and instruct the ...

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Chastanet: EC$162 million will be invested in the health of Saint Lucians at all levels

(PRESS RELEASE) — Affordable access to quality healthcare is among the key areas of focus for the government of Saint Lucia as it continues to empower the people of Saint Lucia. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet, during his Budget Address on Monday, provided an update on the health sector strategy which is part of the government’s medium-term development approach. ...

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Senator Belrose lauds Systems of Youth Orchestras program

(GIS) — The Saint Lucia School of Music organized a showcase to celebrate the excellence of the students who participated the Systems of Youth Orchestras and Choirs program. Richard Payne, executive director of the Saint Lucia School of Music, explained that the project, launched in July 2018, was inspired by the Venezuelan EL Sistema music education program. “Having a sustainable ...

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Saint Lucia to ban on importation of styrofoam, “selected plastic food service containers” from June 1, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION, INNOVATION, GENDER RELATIONS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ON THE CONTROL OF PLASTICS AND STYROFOAM® CONTAINERS The Government of Saint Lucia is committed to improving the health and environment of the nation. As I indicated in my announcement in August 2018, and as studies have shown, food service containers made from Polystyrene and Expanded Polystyrene, also ...

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Miss Curves with Confidence Pageant to be held in Soufriere next month

(PRESS RELEASE) — The much anticipated, third annual Miss Curves with Confidence is here! The foundation received national recognition for its successful hosting of the Curves with Confidence Pageant. The Pageant is a fund-raiser designed to elevate the self-esteem and personal empowerment and independence of full-bodied women. Further, the pageant is designed to reverse the negative effects of social media ...

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Like father like son: A genetic basis of crime and anti-social behaviour (commentary by Montelle Felix)

Evidence for a genetic basis of antisocial behavior stems from several different lines of research. First, behavioral genetic studies of twins and adoptees have demonstrated that heredity plays a vital role in antisocial behavior, including various forms of deviance, aggression and criminality, by finding greater concordance for such behavior in genetically-related individuals compared to non-relatives living in the same environment. ...

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UPDATE: Woman stabs man to death in Micoud

(SNO) — The island has recorded another homicide following a stabbing incident in Anse Ger, Micoud, according to law enforcement sources. The victim is reportedly a male identified as Lance Camille of Anse Ger, Micoud. A female suspect is currently in police custody. It is alleged that the man was fatally stabbed during an altercation with the female at a ...

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Response by Leader of the Opposition Philip Pierre to 2019/2020 Appropriation Bill (+video)

INTRODUCTION Mr Speaker the Prime Minister’s budget address is usually a very exciting time for all the sectors of the Saint Lucian economic landscape. The business sector are anxious to know what plans are there for economic expansion so that their bottom line may improve. The young people look to the changes that will meaningfully impact their lives and everyone ...

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CCJ celebrates 14 years

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is celebrating 14 years of its operations on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Court is marking this occasion with activities throughout the week. Today, to commemorate the actual day of the anniversary, the CCJ launched its 2019 Rules of Court for the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions. The Rules of the Court ...

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Raging weather could not stop Sandals Sous Chef Refer Leonce

(PRESS RELEASE) — “After my job training at Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Spa and Beach Resort, I knew that was where my heart wanted to be, so I applied to be a porter. When I got the call for the interview, although a hurricane was coming, I still went. I can remember clearly people walking around the resort with their ...

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Saint Lucia joins UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign

(PRESS RELEASE) — The government of Saint Lucia is delighted to be part of the UN Environment’s Clean Seas Campaign which was launched in 2017. Several other Caribbean countries have also pledged their commitment and support to this worthy cause. This campaign, a call to global action, works with governments, businesses and citizens around the world to increase awareness of ...

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Tax savings for thousands of Saint Lucians under new tax reform

(PRESS RELEASE) — In a Budget Address that centred on people-centric growth and bringing relief to Saint Lucians, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet announced personal income tax reform that would see thousands of low-income earners pay less and in some cases no personal income taxes. This is a bold initiative and in keeping with the government’s promise of less ...

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Saint Lucia strengthens response to Zika and arbovirus with USAID SBC training (+photos and video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia’s response to Zika and arbovirus is expected to be strengthened as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a social and behavior change workshop recently. The workshop is aimed at enhancing the capacity of participants to increase the practice of priority healthy behaviors in the community as it relates to vector control. Medical ...

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Millions pledge to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral after fire

(BBC) — Hundreds of millions of euros have been pledged to help rebuild Notre-Dame after a devastating fire partially destroyed the French cathedral. The fire, declared fully extinguished some 15 hours after it began, ravaged the 850-year-old building’s roof and caused its spire to collapse. But firefighters who worked through the night managed to save the Paris landmark’s main stone ...

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Victoria Hospital receives donation of cribs and towels (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The St. Lucia Mother’s Day Committee of Brooklyn, New York recently made a donation of cribs and towels to the Pediatric Unit of the Victoria Hospital. A member of the committee, Claudia Auguste-Stanislaus, says her organization remains committed to giving back to the citizens of Saint Lucia. “We are hoping this will bless the hospital, that it ...

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Man shot multiple times in Gros Islet

(SNO) — A 28-year-old man has been hospitalised after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in front his home in the town of Gros Islet on Monday afternoon, April 15, law enforcement officials have confirmed. The victim has been identified as Nathan Theodule of Gros Islet. Reports are that, around 2:30 p.m., a lone gunman fired multiple gunshots in Theodule’s direction, on ...

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Teen suspected of drowning after allegedly falling off kayak in Vieux Fort

(SNO) — Police have confirmed that a suspected drowning occurred at Anse Baison in Vieux Fort on Sunday, April 14. The deceased been identified by police as 18-year-old Augustina Lionel. According to law enforcement and civilian reports, Lionel was among a group of persons who allegedly fell off a kayak. Officials received the report of the suspected drowning shortly before ...

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Saint Lucia’s William wins twice in weekend collegiate tennis

(SNO) — University of Charleston women’s tennis picked up wins number 16 and 17 on Sunday afternoon, defeating Shaw University 6-1 followed by a 7-0 Mountain East Conference victory over Concord University. Saint Lucian freshman Meggan-Dawn William got contrasting wins. It was the last weekend of home matches for the Golden Eagles as they celebrated the careers of their four ...

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15 wellness centres in Saint Lucia chosen to become SMART facilities (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Health and Wellness in partnership with the Pan American Health Organisation PAHO recently hosted a multi-stakeholder engagement on the SMART health care facilities in the Caribbean project, aimed at ensuring involvement in the changes at the facilities. Permanent Secretary in the Department of Health and Wellness Felix St. Hill says he is very pleased ...

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Forgotten Power Play ticket turns out to be a winner

(PRESS RELEASE) — The St. Lucia National Lottery extends congratulations to the latest Power Play winner of $33,267, Emerson Estaphane. He won on a quick pick ticket he purchased from Laura Andrew in Canaries on February 18, 2019. The top prize was won on February 20, 2019 on the numbers 02-03-13-28, Power Pick 05 with a ticket letter J. On ...

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Saint Lucia holds sensitization workshop on influenza (+video and photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Health care professionals around the island were granted the opportunity to strengthen their capacity on ways to effectively control the spread of influenza through a sensitization workshop held recently. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sharon Belmar-George says the Department of Health and Wellness is dedicated to ensuring proper management of influenza when Saint Lucians visit both public and ...

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William Peter Boulevard in Castries to get new look

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucians could expect noticeable improvements and a possible re-purposing of the popular William Peter Boulevard in the coming years, as plans are moving afoot for a potential enhanced appearance of the area. This initiative is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism, through the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP). During the last week of March, ...

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Vendors to receive stipend during construction of new Castries Market

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Office of the Mayor is pleased to inform the general public and members of the business community, in particular vendors operating in the provisions market, of the commencement of the first phase of the Castries Market Redevelopment Project. Work is scheduled to commence within two weeks. In preparation for first-phase of construction, the former Fire Service ...

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UPDATE: Firefighters tackle blaze at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

(BBC) — A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and has spread rapidly across the building. The cause is not yet clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work. A major operation to tackle the blaze is under way at the 850-year-old Gothic building, but the cathedral’s spire and roof have ...

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Earthquake recorded near Saint Lucia, Dominica and Martinique

(SNO) — The UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad is reporting that it recorded a 4.1-magnitude earthquake near Saint Lucia, Martinique and Dominica at 5:35 a.m. on Monday, April 15. The earthquake was recorded 128 kilometres northeast of Castries, Saint Lucia;  99 km northeast of Fort-de-France, Martinique; and 134 km east-south-east of Roseau, Dominica. It was located at latitude 14.92 ...

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UPDATED: Gabriel guides Cacao into Babonneau cricket final

(SNO) — Cacao booked their passage to the grand finals of the Hon. Ezechiel Joseph National Lotteries Authority Babonneau Super 40 Competition with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Des Barras on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Des Barras Playing Field. Batting first after losing the toss, Des Barras was only able to manage 176 for 9 in 26 overs. ...

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Saint Lucia government announces price increases for all petroleum products

(PRESS RELEASE) — The public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail price of gasoline, diesel, kerosene and LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The price changes take effect from Monday April 15, 2019: – Gasoline increased from $2.94 to ...

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Double third for Saint Lucia at Caribbean Junior Table Tennis!

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Table Tennis Association has hailed the national team, which captured two third-place finishes in the boys doubles event and the boys team event at the Caribbean Regional Junior and Cadet Championships in the Dominican Republic. In the Under-15 doubles, Saint Lucia’s pair of De’Andre Calderon and Ishmel Moise lost to Puerto Rico in the semifinals, ...

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Another strong weekend for Saint Lucia’s Polius in Trinidad cricket

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s Dalton Polius continues to excel in league cricket in Trinidad and Tobago, taking three wickets and hitting an unbeaten half century over the weekend. Playing for Clarke Road, Polius was the third-highest scorer, as his team rang up 340 at Queen’s Park Oval. Nicholas Sookdeosingh (77) and Yannick Ottley (70) also had half-centuries. The home team ...

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Gilland Avril wins as St Lucian startups Get In The Ring

(PRESS RELEASE) — Following intense pitch training and a packed program, six startups qualified to participate in the final battle of the 2019 Get In The Ring St Lucia Competition at the Caribbean Cinemas on March 28, 2019. Mr. Gilland Avril of Ngage and Caleb Jallim of Fleek It started off the battles, with Amy Antoine of T&A Household Décor ...

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Statement on Venezuela by Minister for External Affairs Sarah Flood-Beaubrun

(PRESS RELEASE) — Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, Honourable Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, confirmed that Saint Lucia recently voted in favour of accepting the appointment of Mr. Gustavo Tarre as the National Assembly of Venezuela’s designated permanent representative to the Organization of American States, this pending new elections and the appointment of a democratically elected government. Saint Lucia has been on ...

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Saint Lucia to benefit from agreement between Taiwan and The Pan-American Development Foundation

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Embassy of Saint Lucia to the United States participated on April 11 in a signing ceremony between the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) and the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF), that will amongst other things, support small-scale urban agriculture in Saint Lucia. H.E. Anton Edmunds, Saint Lucia’s ambassador to the United ...

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St Lucia photographer earns National Geographic Educator certification

(PRESS RELEASE) — Soon after completing the University of the West Indies Open Campus NGO Professional Management certification course, St Lucia Photographer Kirk Elliott signed up for the National Geographic Educator certification programme on the recommendation of one of his St Lucia Photo Tours clients, Sandra Turner, who at the time was special assistant to the dean of the Hajim School ...

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Top officials from Prime Minister’s Office and Taiwan Technical Mission tour Banana Productivity Improvement Project

(PRESS RELEASE) — Two top officials from the Prime Minister’s Office along with the Taiwan Technical Mission (ICDF) staff paid a courtesy call and a field visit to some of the project areas of the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP). The visit, which took place on April 4, 2019 Thursday last week, gave the officials a bird’s eye view of ...

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Dr. Ubaldus Raymond “proceeded on leave” while gov’t carries out investigations

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Government of Saint Lucia has launched investigations into recent information being circulated in the public domain surrounding the Minister for the Public Service and Senator Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond. As a consequence of this initial probe, more information has come to light which warrants further investigations by the relevant authorities. The Government, in seeking to protect ...

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Saint Lucian artiste Cleopatra Jules Baker returns with new single “Grateful” (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Cleopatra Jules Baker announces her return to the music industry after almost two years of silence. This time she returns bearing a life-changing encounter which has diverted her music to the gospel genre. This single announcement is marked as memorable, as this would be the first gospel single ever to be released by Cleopatra. Cleopatra collaborated with ...

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Saint Lucia-born Boucher named NBA G League’s MVP, defender of year

(CBC) — The large group of media gathered around Chris Boucher’s locker before tipoff Monday night caught the eye of some of his Toronto Raptors teammates. Kawhi Leonard mumbled “Big time,” as he walked by. Fred VanVleet yelled “Woo woo!” Malcolm Miller chanted “M-V-P!” Hours before Toronto tipped off against Orlando, Boucher was named both the G League’s most valuable ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors drop all charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett

(CHICAGO TRIBUNE) — In a stunning reversal, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on disorderly conduct charges for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. “We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” a prosecutor said in announcing the ...

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Home Affairs Minister takes aim at Shane Felix; stop attacking him says firefighter

(SNO) — Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis, has placed Chairman of the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association, Shane Felix, in his cross hairs as strike by firefighters on the island drags on with no end in sight. Speaking on Real FM’s News Spin with Timothy Poleon on Thursday, Francis said Felix is using the current situation to “re-engineer himself”. “Shane, he ...

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CSA threatens strike action at IRD

(SNO) — The Civil Service Association (CSA) is threatening strike action of its members at the Inland Revenue Department if health and safety issues facing them are not addressed by April 1, 2019. In a letter to Acting Permanent Secretary in the Department of the Public Service, Peggy-Ann Soudat, CSA General Secretary, Claude Paul, said if the issues are not ...

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Minor earthquake felt in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — A 2.8 magnitude earthquake was felt in Saint Lucia on Friday morning, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has reported. It took place at approximately 6:23 a.m. NEMO said that unofficial information indicates that the epicenter of the quake was six miles off the north-east coast of Gros Islet. The depth of the quake was 20 miles. A ...

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Gov’t of Dominica’s legal adviser says PM Chastanet acting like a ‘lone ranger’ in Caribbean

(SNO) — Legal adviser to the government of Dominica, Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan, has said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is acting like a “lone ranger” in a number of issues affecting the region. His comments came in light of a meeting of five Caribbean leaders, including Chastanet, with US President Donald Trump on Friday where a number of issues, including ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters reject government’s latest offer; strike goes on

(SNO) — There is no end in sight, at least for the time being, in a strike by firefighters after they rejected the latest offers by the Allen Chastanet-led government. A letter, bearing Chastanet’s signature on the latest offers, was promptly rejected by the firefigthers. Chairman of the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association (SLFA), Shane Felix, said it did not bear ...

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Bexon woman claims rosary saved her life

(SNO) — A woman from Bexon is giving credit to her rosary for protecting her from a bullet and saving her life, MBC Prime has reported. The television networks reported that Martha Fumer, 59, was sitting on her porch on March 16 praying when a shooting took place nearby. She was injured in the incident. Speaking in Creole she explained ...

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SMC, Micoud to play for Massy cricket title

(SNO) — The Grand Finals of the 2019 Massy United Insurance 50 Over Under 19 Schools Cricket Tournament will be contested between St Mary’s College and Micoud Secondary. In the tournament’s semifinals which took place on Wednesday, March 20, St Mary’s College and Micoud Secondary had the better of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and Corinth Secondary, respectively. At the ...

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Experienced Team Saint Lucia gunning for Caribbean youth netball crown

(SNO) — A capable 12-member Saint Lucia team is set to compete at the 19th Caribbean Netball Association (CNA) Jean Pierre Under-16 netball tournament, set for Antigua and Barbuda later this month. The tournament will be without defending champions, Jamaica. Saint Lucia, the 2018 hosts, finished second last year. Saint Lucia, who were also named the most improved team a ...

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CDB predicts three per cent economic growth for St. Lucia in 2019

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 20, CMC – St. Lucia is expected to record economic growth of three per cent this year with the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) saying that the growth appears poised to increase in large part due to private and public sector construction programmes coming back on stream. In its “Country Economic Review 2018-St. Lucia”, the region’s premier ...

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Question marks over Caribbean unity as selective prime ministers meet with President Trump

ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 20, CMC – A senior advisor to the Dominica government Wednesday warned of a possible erosion of Caribbean unity as he criticised the decision of United States President Donald Trump to meet with selected regional leaders on Friday to discuss issues ranging from Venezuela to Chinese economic intervention in the Caribbean. The White House, in a statement, ...

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CARIFORUM ministers to meet in St. Lucia

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 20, CMC – Britain’s decision to leave the European Union as well as the ongoing negotiations for a successor to the Cotonou Convention are among issues that will be discussed when ministers from the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) meet here on Thursday. The two-day 25th meeting of the Council of Ministers of CARIFORUM will also be discussing ...

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Firefighters’ strike ignites debate on social media

(SNO) — An ongoing strike by firefighters in Saint Lucia has ignited debate on social media as to whether it was the right thing to do by such a critical service. Some gave examples of incidents where the service was needed but it was to no avail, while others simply said the strike was illegal. “Yesterday morning in Gros Islet a ...

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Pierre: UWP gov’t refuses to implement initiatives started by the SLP for firefighters

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is accusing the United Workers Party (UWP) administration of incompetence for refusing to implement recommendations it made while in power that would improve the working conditions of the fire service and workers on a whole on the island. Presently, firefighters in Saint Lucia are on strike over negotiations for wage increases for ...

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Saint Lucian footballer stars in women’s tackle football

(SNO) — Former national footballer Petra “Cindy” Edward is playing a different type of football these days. Born and raised in Saint Lucia, where she played “soccer” for the women’s national team in the early 2000’s, Edward was eventually given an opportunity to play for Lassen Community College on scholarship, from 2002 to 2004. She graduated with an associates in ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters say SLP, UWP have failed them

(SNO) — With an impasse between firefighters and government still ongoing, Chairman of the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association (SLTA), Shane Felix, said both the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) and opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) have failed them. The firefighters are presently on strike over wage negotiations and other matters, which they say have been affecting the service for decades ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Daren Sammy comes out swinging against Dave Cameron

(SNO) — Former West Indies cricket captain Daren Sammy has come out in full support of the challengers for Cricket West Indies (CWI) leadership, Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow. Skerritt and Shallow will face off against the incumbents, CWI President Wycliffe Dave Cameron and Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan. In a lengthy live broadcast on his very popular Facebook page, ...

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PM Chastanet discusses road upgrades in the north with Kuwaiti ambassador

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has met with Kuwaiti Ambassador Mohamed Fadel Khalaf to discuss road upgrades in the north of the island. He was accompanied by Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Stephenson King. The meeting was held on Monday morning, March 18. Chastanet said discussions were mainly focused on the government’s plan to expand road in ...

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Saint Lucia are Special Olympics football champions!

(SNO) — Team Saint Lucia picked up another gold medal at the Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019, winning the mixed football competition in Group 3. Saint Lucia beat Portugal 4-1, Alec Pierre scoring in the 22d minute, Austin Jeremie in the 24th and 25th minutes, and Jean Paul Isidore in the 28th minute. Portugal scored in the 18th minute, so ...

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Fire Chief Joseph Joseph a “toothless tiger” in Saint Lucia firefighters’ dispute: Francis

(SNO) — Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis, has described Fire Chief Joseph Joseph as a “toothless tiger” with no real powers, especially in the ongoing impasse between the government and firefighters over wage negotiations and other matters. Firefighters in Saint Lucia are presently on strike. One of their grievances has been the matter of promotion and the Saint Lucia Firefighters ...

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Saint Lucia gears up for Good Deeds Day

(PRESS RELEASE) — The global tradition of Good Deeds Day will take place on April 7, 2019 at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds, Vieux Fort. It is hosted by Volunteer Saint Lucia in collaboration with Writing Legends, which is a social enterprise focused on youth and social development in the Eastern Caribbean. Good Deeds Day was borne out of the simple ...

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